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MAA Shooter of the Year Competition

New for 2022!

The MAA is excited to announce our 2022 Shooter of the Year competition. Based on results from five of our most popular events, a shooter of the year will be awarded in four different divisions at the 2022 Voyageur Cup.

Current Standings (Top Five After One Event)

Complete standings are available here.

Competition Details

Please review the competition information and rules below.

Divisions and Prizes

The MAA will award a shooter of the year in four divisions:

  • Male compound
  • Female compound
  • Male recurve
  • Female recurve

The shooter of the year winner in each division will receive $300. Second place will receive $150 and third place will receive $75.

There are no specific age requirements. Competitors will simply have to shoot the adult distances and rounds to earn points toward the competition. This means that in most cases young adults and up for NFAA and cadets and up for USA Archery will be eligible.

MAA membership is required to be eligible for the shooter of the year competition.


Shooter of the year points will be earned at the following events during 2022:

  • MAA All-State Vegas Shoot (qualifying round only)
  • MAA/NFAA State Indoor Championship
  • MAA State 25-Meter Championship
  • MAA/NFAA State Field Championship
  • MAA North Star Open & Voyageur Cup (qualifying round only)

The total shooter of the year score will be determined by an archer's four highest scoring events.

How We're Calculating Points

The MAA is using a system called the Performance Method that uses data from NFAA and USA Archery national championship results to calculate "performance points" for a particular score in the compound and recurve divisions.

You can read more about how the Performance Method was developed on the web site here. There are lookup tables available as well that will show you how many performance points will be earned for a particular score.

If you'd like to learn more about the origin of the Performance Method including some of the statistics behind it, try the article The Performance Method: An Improved Archer Ranking System for Determining a “Shooter of the Year” by Tim Wilson.

Final Notes

As the 2022 archery season progresses, check back on the MAA web page for an updated list of competitors and where they stand in the competition.

Other Details

  • In order to award a second place prize, there must be at least four competitors who record scores in a particular division during the year. A minimum of seven archers will be required in order to award a third place prize.
  • There is no minimum number of events required to be eligible for the competition. Archers will use their four best events for their final performance points total. If an archer shoots fewer than four events, their total will be based on the performance points they earned at the events in which they participated.